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Laura Roth

Fables, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends, Myths, and Tall Tales


We will enjoy all six of these genres.  You'll find that each genre has some distinctive characteristics.  Please add your ideas to the posters in class.  Here are some basic definitions to get you started.


fable a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral

fairy tale a children's story about magical and imaginary beings and lands.

folk tale a story originating in popular culture, typically passed on by word of mouth

legend a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated

myth a traditional story, esp. one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events

tall tale a story with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual


Elements of Stories Flash Cards

Characteristics of Fables, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends, Myths, and Tall Tales Flash Cards

Daily Choices    
    1) Read fables, fairy tales, folk tales, legends, myths, or tall tales from the center bins or on-line (using the links on my web site).
    2) Write blog posts and comment on your peers’ blog posts.
    3) Use the packets you completed for each genre to help you study each genre’s characteristics.
    4) Learn the parts of speech using the on-line flash cards and recommended web sites.
    5) Study prefixes using your Wonder of Words pages and the on-line flash cards.

Please make the best possible use of your 53 minutes of class time.   

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Please do NOT retell the stories. 

Instead, ANALYZE them.


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Prompts for Your Blog

How is the protagonist different than the antagonist in the story?  How are they similar?

Which part of the plot most appeals to you:  the introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, or denouement?  Why?

Why do you think the author chose this particular setting (time and place)?

Why do you think the author ended the story in this way?

What type of conflict is in this story?  Is it realistic?  Have you or someone you know experienced something similar?

Why do you think the author chose to tell the story from this point of view?  Is it effective?

What does a character think about something? What is your evidence?

Explain how a character in the story is like or unlike another character (in the same story or in a different one).  Use evidence.  

What motivates the main character?

What is the author’s theme or purpose?

Does the title work well for the story?  Can you think of a better title?

What predictions did you make as you read?  Were they accurate?  Did you adjust them as you discovered more clues?

Were you able to visualize as you read?  What did you visualize?

Were any parts confusing?  What did you do when you came to a confusing part?

What connections did you make?  Within the story? With your life? With other stories you’ve read?  With issues in the world?

Do you know anyone like one of the characters in your book?  Would you like to be friends with any of the characters? Why?

Did you notice figurative language in the story?  Does it make the story better?

What is the most exciting, most entertaining, funniest, scariest, or best part of the story?  Why?

Have you read several stories by the same author?  Can you recognize the author’s voice?

What would you ask the author if you could?

Was the lead effective?  Did it hook you?  Why or why not?

Are the characters believable?  Did they change from the beginning to the end of the story?

How does the author create the atmosphere for the setting?

How did you feel while reading the story?

I wonder...

It reminds me of...

My favorite of these genres is      because...

It is different than      because...

When comparing two versions of the same story, I discovered...

It made me think of...

I liked/didn’t like it because...

I think the author was trying to...

Prompts for Comments on Peers’ Blogs

I agree with         because...

When you wrote    , I thought...

Some evidence which makes me disagree with your statement about         is...

Thank you for your insightful comment about      because it helped me better understand...

Have you considered...

I compliment you on...

I have a question about...

Do you think...

Contact Information:
Laura Roth
E-mail: rothl at aaps.k12.mi.us (replace "at" with "@")
Phone: 994-2014 Ext. 35426